Views: 7 Author: Site Editor Publish Time: 2021-07-19 Origin: Site
We do a lot to prevent bedsores in our nursing home, but from time to time they fester their ugly heads. It's a losing battle, but we're always in the trenches trying to keep them at bay. The issue with bedsores is they can be hard to notice at first. The first warning sign is a red mark, just the type you had on your face when you fell asleep in history class.
At this point, repositioning your patient should squash the bedsore, but those tricky devils start inside the body, so it's hard to see if the damage has already been done. We don't have many air mattresses in our nursing home because we have staff on duty that reposition residents at least every 2 hours. This is mandated by law.
Unfortunately, if you're taking care of someone by yourself, it can be very difficult to be available every 2 hours to roll the person you're caring for, especially during the night. An air mattress shouldn't be a complete replacement for repositioning your patient, but it will add extra protection and help promote blood circulation.
Of course, we have to talk about how to find the best air mattresses for hospital bed so you can make sure that you're not picking out just anything. Throughout this article we're going to talk about the top 5 products that you should consider (and that we consider too).
Have you ever thought about how these mattresses really work? We all hear about how an air mattress is a great tool to protect patients from bedsores but have you ever really looked at just how that works? Have you ever paid attention to why that's so well known? We're going to take a look at what it is about an air mattress that can actually help your patient and how you can ensure that your patients are getting the best air mattress to provide the best care.
First, the most important thing is to note that all air mattresses are not the same. This means that the air mattresses you hear about being used to prevent bed sores are not the same ones that you see on TV or in your regular store for $20. When you're getting an air mattress for a medical purpose you need a higher quality product that's designed to actually provide support and the right level of pressure for a patient who is otherwise at risk for bed sores, pressure ulcers or other pain points as a result of not moving.
When you use a proper air mattress, designed for medical purposes, you're actually getting something that reduces skin shear by reducing the level of friction that occurs between the patient and the bed. These mattresses also have different sections or air pockets that provide support in different areas of the body. There are also holes and gaps throughout that allow for better air flow, decreasing the amount of moisture and making it safer for your patient to remain in their bed for extended periods of time.
These types of mattresses primarily work because they have what's called alternating pressure. What this means is that they not only are filled with air, which decreases the level of pressure on the entire body as the patient lies in the bed, but also the air moves. The air will be focused and more intense in one area of the body for a period of time and then will move to a different area of the body. By doing this, the patient is never truly lying in the same place for more than 10 – 25 minutes (depending on the settings of the specific mattress).
The movement of the air allows for less pressure on the joints and the fragile areas of the patients body. This movement also ensures that the patient is able to feel more comfortable. Because there is no pressure in one spot for very long the mattress not only reduces the risk of the patient developing bed sores in the first place but also helps to heal pressure ulcers, bed sores and more that have already started. Even severe bed sores can be healed through the use of these types of air mattresses. The patient doesn't need to do anything and the system runs on a pump so the caregiver or medical professional does not need to intervene either.
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